Results: Seven key themes emerged to be taken into account for integrating guidelines and QA schemes: (1)
evidence-based integrated guideline and QA frameworks are possible, (2) transparency is key in clearly documenting the source and rationale for quality indicators, (3) intellectual and financial interests should be declared and managed
appropriately, (4) selection processes and criteria for quality indicators need further refinement, (5) clear guidance on retirement of quality indicators should be included, (6) risks of an integrated guideline and QA Group can be mitigated,
and (7) an extension of the GIN-McMaster Guideline Development Checklist should incorporate QA considerations.
Discussion: We concluded that the work of guideline and QA developers can be integrated under a common methodological framework and we provided key findings and recommendations. These two worlds, that are fundamental to improving health, can both benefit from integration.
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- Healthcare quality
- Quality assurance
- Quality improvement
- Quality indicators